Travelling with young children is not as hard as you may think. My children have flown to Florida numerous times, to Bahamas, and to Washington, D.C. We've also gone on quite a few 'road trips' as well. (Road trip can be even more challenging than flying, believe it or not!) I've posted before about staying sane when travelling with children, and some of the crazy things that have happened to me when on vacation. Here are some more tips for you, if you're about to travel with your little ones - tips to keep YOU and your children relaxed and happy!
When on vacation, it's okay if...
You totally enjoy the view.
You travel with your entourage. I always do. As in, I bring my husband, parents, sister, brother-in-law, and sometimes, my grandmother along. This is great for everyone! For the children, and for me, too. How else would I be able to sneak off to the poolside bar for a pina colada?
Your carry-on bag weighs a ton. (This means you have enough DVD's, toys, books and candy to entertain your children for the otherwise boring plane ride, and also, it's great exercise for the arms!)
Your children only shower once in 4 days. (They're spending the majority of the day in the pools and ocean anyway, right?)
You sleep in full make-up and lulu's because you know you'll be walking in the lobby with your baby at 4 a.m.
You eat plenty of carbs. (Calories, carbs and fat don't count, EVER, when on vacation!)
Your 4 year old sits in the baby's stroller - hey, as long as it keeps him quiet as you make your way through Saks, why would you have a problem with this?
Your baby eats sand as you try to take yet another picture of him playing on the beach.
You let your baby press many unneccessary buttons on the elevator as long as it's higher than the floor you're getting off on.
You let your baby walk around in nothing but a onesie on the airplane.
Your children eat more whipped cream than strawberries with their breakfast.
You drink a strawberry daiquiri as your baby naps under the palm trees.
You remind your son the importance of staying in school after he admires the jewellery in the Cartier window, so that he will be able to buy you that 10 carot ring someday!
You wash the baby bottles with the hotel shampoo.
You let your child steal extra soap from the cleaning cart.
You order an 8 dollar glass of warm milk to be brought up to the hotel room because you're too lazy to go down to get some for your child.
Chocolate is consumed day and night.
You totally enjoy every moment!
You pack way more shoes than you end up wearing. The stress of under-packing is not worth it!
Also okay? To buy a new suitcase at Target for all the new things you have bought on vacation!